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Bring Sweets to the Table with Azul: Master Chocolatier and The Great British Baking Show Game

W. Eric Martin
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• Publishers unveiled two sweet-looking games on May 17, with Next Move Games announcing Azul: Master Chocolatier for release in late 2022, with a debut at SPIEL '22.

Board Game: Azul: Master Chocolatier

What's new in this release? Azul: Master Chocolatier includes double-sided factory boards. One side of the factories is blank, and when using this side the game plays exactly like Michael Kiesling's classic Azul. The other side of each factory tile has a special effect on it that modifies play in one way or another, putting a twist on the normal game.

Additionally, the tiles are modeled to look like chocolates and other treats, despite remaining as inedible as the tiles in the original game.

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It's not clear from this brief explanation how much these factory tile effects will change gameplay, but I posted about this title on Twitter, and tons of folks seem excited for the new look, if nothing else. Perhaps Azul: Starburst will follow in a few years, with Azul: Ritter Sport coming after that.

• Continuing its trend of releasing licensed games, Ravensburger has announced an August 2022 release date for The Great British Baking Show Game from designer Frederica Scott Vollrath.

Board Game: The Great British Baking Show Game

The game description is somewhat minimal, but this appears to be a real-time design that would nicely mimic the frantic nature of The Great British Bake Off, a.k.a., The Great British Baking Show. Ideally you have to carry your card creations from one table to another to introduce the possibility that the whole thing will tip over, but we'll have to wait to know for sure. Here's a short take on the game:
In The Great British Baking Show Game, players take the role of bakers on the show and race each other to recreate the configuration of baking cards shown on the recipe cards. Players need to choose whether to move quickly at all costs, or whether to take more time to select the best flavors for their bake and avoid the dreaded "soggy" cards.

Board Game: The Great British Baking Show Game

To capture the sportsmanship demonstrated when bakers step in to assist others, players can use "Help!" cards to select wild cards from the center of the table. A "Bin" token allows players to throw out elements of their bake once per round.
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